at Green Gulch Zen Center -- Muir Beach

YogaKula @ 1700 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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Come and experience a deep sound healing immersion in nature with the practices of yoga, restorative, and meditation in the yurt of the Zen Center.

Join Saraswati Clere and Melissa Felsenstein for a restorative day at the beautiful Green Gulch center, next to Muir Beach. (see pictures below)

Melissa, founder of Inner Sounds Yoga, will use metal gongs, chimes and crystal bowls to create an immersive experience of sound and vibration experienced for deep relaxation and to restore the nervous system.

The tonal properties of these instruments promote healing of the nervous system, digestive and metabolic systems, and of physical body as the brainwaves slow down to meditative and deeply restful states through a scientific process called entrainment. This process can help heal depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia, and to deepen meditation and spark creativity.

As Melissa says: "Sound's greater purpose is to restore harmony in the nervous system, reduce stress, connect us to ourselves on a deeper level, and lead us to meditation. We don't need silence to meditate" (

You will experience the powerful benefits of these meditative tools and deepen your yoga practice through stillness and desired rest. Take your body on a vacation from stress and tension and leave feeling refreshed, focused, and clear.

No Yoga Experience needed.

Location: Green Gulch Retreat Center. Located in Muir Beach, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the idyllic Green Gulch farm is nestled in a secluded valley that opens to the endless Pacific Ocean.

$145 before June 9th
$155 after June 9th
Bring a Loved One: 2 tickets for $260

*Hours can count towards Yoga Kula Yoga training Elective Curriculum*
Cancellations received in writing before June 1 will receive a refund less a $25 processing fee. No refunds available after June 1.

Should you wish to spend the night at Green Gulch Farm before, or following our retreat, reservations can be made by calling 415-383-3134 between the hours of 1:30 and 4:00 PM. Accommodation includes meals.

Instructor Bios:

Saraswati Clere: RYT 500 San Francisco Bay Area filmmaker Saraswati Clere is the founder of Yogakula Productions and owns Yogakula Wellness Center in Berkeley, which attracts thousands of students each year. She studied in the Iyengar and Anusara Systems and has been teaching yoga for 25 years. She currently offers Yoga Teacher Training Programs and leads workshops and retreats internationally.

Melissa Felsenstein: Poetic, heartfelt, and a reformed relaxer, Melissa Felsenstein pours inspiration and stillness into her teachings, using her expertise of yoga and sound therapy combined with her passion of music, yogic philosophy, and prose to create a sanctuary of quiet. Through the use of live sound with quartz crystal singing bowls and specially tuned gongs, expect to indulge in deep, conscious relaxation as you explore meditative like states induced by these unique instruments. Having used sound and yoga therapy to end her own personal struggle with anxiety and depression, Melissa is drawn to help others achieve a more balanced and joyful life through her sound events, classes, and private sessions.

------------------------------------------------------------------ Testimonials from retreat participants:

"I feel rejuvenated. I truly am so grateful to have taken part in such a calming yet energizing experience. My expectations were broken, rebuilt, and surpassed. Green Gulch is glorious! The space was perfect. Very cozy and connected. -Saba

"Totally lovely, restoring relaxing. Loved the singing, fire, attention to nature, the beautiful people & love in the room, a beautiful sacred space. -Amy

"The ambience of the sacred space among the trees made my connection with nature even stronger. I couldn't have asked for a better zen place to experience meditation and yoga. I enjoyed the pace at which we moved. Guided meditations were a huge plus for me as a beginner in that area. I am grateful we could experience Amy's presence with her guitar and beautiful voice. Enjoyed chanting and singing along. -Ksenia

"We did yoga and meditation before lunch, which I really enjoyed, and the Savasana was really relaxing. I had an amazing time relaxing and just taking time to "do nothing." Lunch was excellent and delicious, but the meditation was really enjoyable and calming. This was my first time doing something like this and it was perfect and amazing! -Anna K

"Unique and special to share with my daughter, her friend, and her friend's mom, who are my friends too. Walking meditations, Chanting, singing. What a treat." -Alexis

"It was such a healing day & I'm sad to have it end! Thank you for providing space for us to share in class! Appreciated you both, Your heart and spirit! Thank you! Loved how the Retreat began with going out to look at Nature with our senses & at the same time brought us in to the first pose of grounding w/ our feet as a foundation to the day. Loved the music to bring us all together to begin & then to close. Loved the multi-dimensionality of the Retreat--Yoga, Nature, Walking & Music, Sharing, and Eating! -Lisa H.

"A beautiful space in which to open into Nature. So nice to be in a day of practice with beautiful people. The location, the space, the time, the love, the intention, the fluidity, checking in, practicing and checking out. Thank you so very much. -Kali

"I had a very wonderful and relaxing experience. It was very calming and I enjoyed sharing with everyone and listening. The pace of the yoga was great. I felt relaxed and not like I had to rush of force myself. You both were very observant to any accommodations people needed which I really appreciated and it made me feel supported. I really felt the day had a very lovely flow. Thank you!! -Christina

"It flowed nicely. There was a good amount of movement & starting with the stretching outside on the deck was a great way to bring the natural setting into our awareness at the start. The handouts were informative & helped focus my attention on why I was here. As always, the food was fantastic." -Kenya.

"Very enlightening & special, loved it so much. The chemistry, meditation, and eating! -Ana

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